Northeast Nebraska County Residents Offered Free Radon Test Kits Through Local RC&D

PLAINVIEW – Those who live in Knox, Antelope and Pierce counties will once again be offered a free radon test kit through the Northeast Nebraska RC&D.

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development Council has joined the North Central District Health Department as the winter months are the best time for Nebraskans to test for radon in their homes.

According to a press release from the Northeast Nebraska RC&D, in the winter homes are closed up and can trap the toxic gas. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for people who have never smoked as it is a radioactive gas. You can’t see it, taste it or even smell it. Once radon becomes trapped inside an enclosed space, it can accumulate.

The tests kits are a quick screening method which indicates potential radon problems. They should be placed in the lowest livable level of the house.  The District Health Department will follow up with anyone who has a test result of 4.0 pCi/L or above, which is a health standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on radon, the test kits or radon mitigation, call the North Central District Health Department, 1-877-336-2406 or visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/radon. North Central District Health Department serves Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock counties.

Kits for citizens who live in Knox, Antelope or Pierce counties can be picked up at the RC&D office during business hours of 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week. The kits can also be picked up at the NCDHD office in O’Neill, 422 E. Douglas St. from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For those living in Cedar, Dixon or Wayne counties can call the Northeast Nebraska District Health Department in Wayne at 1-800-375-2260 about getting a test kit.

For more information, contact the Northeast Nebraska RC&D’s office in Plainview at 402-582-4866. Visit their website, www.nenercd.org, like them on Facebook and also follow them on Twitter at Northeast RCD.

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